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Labor Leaders Release Major Study About the Associated Builders and Contractors, Exposing a Disinformation Campaign Designed to Undermine America’s Labor Laws

From the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department – The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), with the support of the AFL-CIO and LIUNA, today jointly released the findings of a first-ever state-by-state comparative analysis of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association, better known as the ABC. The findings expose a pattern of data … Read more »

IUPAT St. Louis: St. Louis alderman seeks new commission, says contractors aren’t following laws

Vaccaro, alderman in the southwest’s 23rd Ward, says he often fields complaints that some city contractors are not following laws requiring minority participation, prevailing wages, insurance and tax payments, or federal safety standards, among other things. Rich Lucks, the local painter’s union business rep, said he understands that sentiment, but this is no small problem. … Read more »

What Can Labor Win if It Backs Obama’s Re-Election?

So, if unions are going to be involved in electoral politics this year, what can they expect to win? And is Washington even relevant to progressive organizing efforts? To discuss these questions, I brought together two experienced strategists. Richard Bensinger, formerly the organizing director of the AFL-CIO and currently an organizing director at the United … Read more »

Top Five Trends in Glass at the AIA Show

As reported by USGlass Magazine, here are the top five trends in glass at the AIA show — Never one to write long if I can write short, here are the top five glass trends from the AIA 2012 convention, which just ended Saturday: 1.Dynamic and solar control glass a-go-go:  The primary manufacturers were out … Read more »

Investing In Ourselves with the AFL-CIO Family of Funds

From the May AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation Newsletter — Financing & Owning Our Future  BIT Participates in Breakout Session at the Building & Construction Trades Departments 2012 Legislative Conference Over 100 union leaders participated in a session titled, “Financing and Owning Our Future” at the Building & Construction Trades Department’s annual legislative conference. The discussion, moderated by … Read more »

Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?

Interesting questions surface regarding Walker and the now very famous video making its rounds on the internet.  Nation asks the following – …did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress? The videotape of Walker talking with Diane Hendricks, the Beloit, Wisconsin, billionaire who would eventually give his campaign more than $500,000, surfaced late last … Read more »

IUPAT Complete Timeline on Facebook.com/IUPATfan

See the complete IUPAT Timeline on www.facebook.com/IUPATfan beginning with when we were founded in 1887! Be sure to LIKE the page while you’re there!  

Ullico Inc. Welcomes Six New Board Members

IUPAT Executive General Vice President Kenneth Rigmaiden and former IUPAT Vice President, Newly Elected BCTD President Sean McGarvey Among New Members From ULLICO — May 11, 2012 — Ullico Inc. (“Ullico”), a privately held specialty insurance and investments holding company serving the union workplace, today announced that it has added six new members to its board … Read more »

Armageddon in Wisconsin

The Koch brothers and Big Labor. The tea party and progressives. Teachers, gun owners, environmentalists, abortion-rights advocates, conservative billionaires, the national parties — name the interest group or outside party and chances are they’ve played a role in the June 5 recall campaign against Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Read more at POLITICO.

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding NYC Painters Local Benefit Fund

Francis Mazzella couldn’t quite overcome his old temptation of getting on the take. Nominally the owner of an electrical services contracting firm, he pleaded guilty on February 27 in Brooklyn federal court to defrauding a benefit fund of a Queens, N.Y.-based union, Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), … Read more »